5 simple ways to reduce plastic waste in the workplace

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Reduce plastic waste like water bottles

Do you have so many plastics in your workplace? Well, one thing you need to know is that it is essential to ensure that you use more green practices in your office. To turn your office into an eco-friendly environment doesn’t have to be overly difficult either. Here are ways that you can use to reduce plastic waste in your workplace.

5 Suggestions to reduce plastic waste at work:

1. Perform a waste audit

The best place to start when you want to reduce the plastics in the workplace is doing a waste audit. This type of check helps you determine the types of waste generated, as well as the volume and the sources.

Once you have an inspection, you now know what action to take to reduce your organization’s impact on the environment. Through the audit, for example, you may find that most plastics are from disposable water bottles or that you order so many plastic things, such as files.

A waste audit may sound like a challenge, but that’s not the case. Plus, it’s essential to help you understand where most of your plastics are coming from and decide on the right method to use to have a greener approach than before.

2. Offer unlimited filtered tap water

Plastic water bottles are among the most common form of plastic waste in the offices. To reduce or get rid of plastic bottles, one strategy is to provide clean tapped water to your employees.  You can put a water filter on the office kitchen tap.

Tap water has less of an impact on the environment, not to mention being free – and can you tell the difference in taste between it and bottled water?

Hopefully adding a filter will provide your employees with good reason to ditch their disposable water bottles.

3. Use Sharpsmart services

If you work in a hospital environment, there are many plastics in use. It’s essential that there is proper medical waste disposal to avoid injuries.

Sharpsmart is one of the ways that you can reduce waste. As you know, dumping plastics in the landfill is very risky for both humans and animals. Sharpsmart, therefore, will ensure that they collect the medical waste from your hospital and dispose of it the correct way to reduce plastics in the hospital.

4. Talk with suppliers to reduce plastic waste

To reduce plastics in the workplace is all about making the right decisions. It doesn’t involve only monitoring the types of plastics that workers bring in the office.

You can also talk to your suppliers and ask them if they have an alternative way of packaging the items. Suppliers can play a significant role in reducing plastic waste in the workplace.

Encourage them to use eco-friendly alternative packing methods when possible. If the packing still requires plastic, then try to reduce the amount used.

5. Encourage reusable lunch boxes

Food wrappers are another form of plastic waste around the world. It’s common for employees to take a packed lunch in the workplace. You should try and encourage them to use reusable plastics to carry their food.

You can also educate them on the effects of plastics in the environment. Hopefully doing so will help them see where they can cut down or eliminates plastics around the office.

Final words on ways to reduce plastic waste at work

There are so many ways to reduce plastics on the job, including the five strategies mentioned above.< For those in the health sector, it is essential to have a proper medical waste disposal strategy in place.

8 COMMENTS

  1. I think it’s time to revisit wax paper!
    “All Natural Waxed Paper is coated with soybean wax instead of paraffin wax. Soybean wax is clean, safe, non-toxic and biodegradable.”

  2. Sweet, Christy: This is something most people can do to help reduce the impact on our environment.

    In 1956, Theodore Randolph, first discovered patients who couldn’t live in society. Beyond the bodily assault on the human body, the added insult of being excluded from society, is still, over all that time, now effecting millions worldwide (I’m the one with the oxygen bottle) and this SBS investigation included Professor Anne Steinemann from the US, researching here the Melbourne University 😊: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-feed/mcs-the-condition-that-affects-one-million-australians-but-is-dismissed-by-doctors

    What saddens me, after seventeen years of being sensitive to chemicals and allergens, and poisoned by mold (but recovering from that now, which is why I can write and spell once again😊, Im so happy to share), I’m now seeing the marine life chocking on plastic, our koala population nearly wiped out, our bush burnt, our coral bleached, species of sea grass melted and washed away, and most sadly, many, so many, people in effected areas are wearing masks, sealing their houses from bushfire smoke—a haze across our vast country—and suffering the same respiratory problems many people have suffered with since the Industrial Revolution.

    Thank you for helping make our world a better place with such informative articles. Every little bit helps. Awareness is the key to saving our planet.

    • Thank you, Mischa, for continuing to educate others on health and sensitivities. Theres’s still so much to learn and you’re helping a lot of people by spreading awareness. I’m pleased to see you back! Wishing you all the best, in all ways xx

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